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Conveyancing

Purchase of a freehold residential property

Our fees cover all of the work* required to complete the purchase of your new home, including dealing with registration at the Land Registry and dealing with the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (Stamp Duty) if the property is in England, or Land Transaction Tax (Land Tax) if the property you wish to buy is in Wales.

 

Conveyancer's fees and disbursements on a purchase of a property up to £500,000.

• Legal fee between £950.00-1,150.00

• Administration fees – printing emails £40.00-50.00

• Completion of SDLT form £50.00

• Search fees £300.00-400.00

• HM Land Registry fee £270.00

• Electronic money transfer fee £15.00

• VAT payable £243.00

• Estimated total: £1,836-2,178.00

 

Referral fee (if any)

• Amount of referral fee paid - None

• Recipient of referral fee - None

 

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Land Registry fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

 

Stamp Duty or Land Tax (on purchase)

This depends on the purchase price of your property. You can calculate the amount you will need to pay by using HMRC's website https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/calculate-stamp-duty-land-tax/#/intro or if the property is located in Wales by using the Welsh Revenue Authority's website https://beta.gov.wales/land-transaction-tax-calculator . On the purchase price of £500,000 and on the assumption that you do not own the property anywhere else and you are the first time buyer the SDLT will be £10,000.

 

Estimated total £11,836.00-12,178.00.

 

How long will my house purchase take?

How long it will take from your offer being accepted until you can move in to your house will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 6-8 weeks.

 

It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain. For example, if you are a first time buyer, purchasing a new build property with a mortgage in principle, it could take 6 weeks.

 

Stages of the process

The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential property vary according to the circumstances. However, below we have suggested some key stages that you may wish to include:

• Take your instructions and give you initial advice

• Check finances are in place to fund purchase and contact lender's solicitors if needed

• Receive and advise on contract documents

• Carry out searches

• Obtain further planning documentation if required

• Make any necessary enquiries of seller's solicitor

• Give you advice on all documents and information received

• Go through conditions of mortgage offer with you

• Send final contract to you for signature

• Agree completion date (date from which you own the property)

• Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened

• Arrange for all monies needed to be received from lender and you

• Complete purchase

• Deal with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax

• Deal with application for registration at Land Registry

 

* Our fee assumes that:

a. this is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction

b. the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise

c. all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation

e.no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.

 

Sale of a freehold residential property

Our fees cover all of the work* required to complete the sale of your home.

 

Conveyancer's fees and disbursements on a sale of a property up to £500,000.

• Legal fee between £995.00-1,295.00

• Administration fees – printing emails £40.00-50.00

• HM Land Registry fee £12.00

• Electronic money transfer fee £30.00

• VAT payable £213.00 - £275.00

• Estimated total: £1,836-2,146.00

 

Referral fee (if any)

• Amount of referral fee paid - None

• Recipient of referral fee -  None

 

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Land Registry fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

 

How long will my house sale take?

How long it will take from your offer being accepted until you can move out of your house will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 6-8 weeks.

It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain.

 

Stages of the process

The precise stages involved in the sale of a residential property vary according to the circumstances. This will include:

• Take your instructions and give you initial advice

• Receive title deeds, obtain from you duly completed Property Information forms and draft a contract

• Deal with additional enquiries from seller's solicitor

• Give you advice throughout

• Send final contract and Transfer Deed TR1 to you for signature

• Agree completion date (date from which you will move out of the property)

• Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened

• Arrange for redemption statement from your lender

• Prepare a Completion statement

• Complete purchase

• Repay the mortgage loan

• Pay the estate Agents’ commission

 

* Our fee assumes that:

a. this is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction

b. the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise

c. all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation

e.no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.

 

Purchase of a leasehold residential property

Our fees cover all the work* required to complete the purchase of your new home, including dealing with registration at the Land Registry and dealing with the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (Stamp Duty) if the property is in England, or Land Transaction Tax (Land Tax) if the property is in Wales.

 

Conveyancer's fees and disbursements on a purchase of a property up to £500,000.

• Legal fee between £1050.00-1,250.00

• Administration fees – printing emails £50.00-60.00

• Completion of SDLT form £50.00

• Search fees £300.00-400.00

• HM Land Registry fee £270.00

• Electronic money transfer fee £15.00

• VAT payable £223.00- £265.00

• Estimated total: £1,958-2,310.00

 

Referral fee (if any)

• Amount of referral fee paid - None

• Recipient of referral fee - None

 

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as search fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. There are certain disbursements which will be set out in the individual lease relating to the Property. The disbursements which we anticipate on the leasehold property will apply are set out separately below. This list is not exhaustive and other disbursements may apply depending on the term of the lease. We will update you on the specific fees upon receipt and review of the lease from the seller's solicitors.

 

Anticipated Leasehold Disbursements*

• Notice of Transfer fee – This fee if chargeable is set out in the lease. Often the fee is between £75.00-£100.00.

• Notice of Charge fee (if the property is to be mortgaged) – This fee is set out in the lease. Often the fee is between £75.00 and £100.00.

• Deed of Covenant fee – This fee is provided by the management company for the property and can be difficult to estimate. Often it is between £150.00 and £300.00

• Certificate of Compliance fee - To be confirmed upon receipt of the lease, as can range between £150.00 –£300.00.

 

*These fees vary from property to property and can on occasion be significantly more than the ranges given above. We can give you an accurate figure once we have sight of your specific documents.

 

You should also be aware that ground rent and service charge are likely to apply throughout your ownership of the property. We will confirm the ground rent and the anticipated service charge as soon as this we receive this information.

 

Stamp Duty or Land Tax (on purchase)

This depends on the purchase price of your property. You can calculate the amount you will need to pay by using HMRC's website https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/calculate-stamp-duty-land-tax/#/intro or if the property is located in Wales by using the Welsh Revenue Authority's website https://beta.gov.wales/land-transaction-tax-calculator . On the purchase price of £500,000 and on the assumption that you do not own the property anywhere else and you are the first time buyer the SDLT will be £10,000.

 

Grand total £12,758.00- £13,110.00

 

How long will my house purchase take?

How long it will take from your offer being accepted until you can move in to your house will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 8-12 weeks. It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain. For example, if you are a first time buyer, purchasing a new build property with a mortgage in principle, it could take 8 weeks. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer, between 3 and 6 months. In such a situation additional charges would apply.

 

Stages of the process

The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential leasehold property vary according to the circumstances. However, below we have suggested some key stages that you may wish to include:

• Take your instructions and give you initial advice

• Check finances are in place to fund purchase and contact lender's solicitors if needed

• Receive and advise on contract documents

• Carry out searches

• Obtain further planning documentation if required

• Make any necessary enquiries of seller's solicitor

• Give you advice on all documents and information received

• Go through conditions of mortgage offer

• Send final contract to you for signature

• Draft Transfer

• Advise you on joint ownership

• Obtain pre-completion searches

• Agree completion date (date from which you own the property)

• Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened

• Arrange for all monies needed to be received from lender and you

• Complete purchase

• Deal with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax

• Deal with application for registration at Land Registry

 

* Our fee assumes that:

a.this is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction

b.this is the assignment of an existing lease and is not the grant of a new lease

c.the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise

d.all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation

e.no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.

 

Sale of a leasehold residential property

Our fees cover all the work* required to complete the sale of your home.

 

Conveyancer's fees and disbursements on a sale of a property up to £500,000.

• Legal fee between £1,150.00-1,350.00

• Administration fees – printing emails £50.00-60.00

• HM Land Registry fee £12.00

• Electronic money transfer fee £30.00

• VAT payable £246.00- £288.00

• Estimated total: £1,488-1,740.00

 

Referral fee (if any)

• Amount of referral fee paid - None

• Recipient of referral fee - None

 

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Land Registry fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

 

How long will my house sale take?

How long it will take from your offer being accepted until you can move out of your house will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 8-12 weeks. It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain.

Stages of the process

The precise stages involved in the sale of a residential leasehold property vary according to the circumstances. However, this will include:

• Take your instructions and give you initial advice

• Receive title deeds, obtain from you duly completed Property Information forms and draft a contract

• Apply for a management information pack from the freeholder’s managing agents

• Deal with additional enquiries from seller's solicitor

• Give you advice throughout

• Send final contract and Transfer Deed TR1 to you for signature

• Agree completion date (date from which you will move out of the property)

• Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened

• Arrange for redemption statement from your lender

• Prepare a Completion statement

• Complete purchase

• Repay the mortgage loan

• Pay the estate Agents’ commission

 

* Our fee assumes that:

a.this is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction

b.this is the assignment of an existing lease and is not the grant of a new lease

c.the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise

d.all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation

e.no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.

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Re-mortage of freehold or leasehold residential property

Our fees cover all the work* required to complete the re-mortgage of your home.

 

Conveyancer's fees and disbursements on a re-mortgage of a property up to £500,000.

• Legal fee between £750.00-950.00

• Administration fees – printing emails £35.00-45.00

• HM Land Registry fee £12.00

• Electronic money transfer fee £30.00

• VAT payable £163.00- £205.00

• Estimated total: £990.00-1,242.00

 

Referral fee (if any)

• Amount of referral fee paid - None

• Recipient of referral fee - None

 

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Land Registry fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

 

How long will my re-mortgage take?

How long it will take from the moment an offer of mortgage is made until completion will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 4-6 weeks. It can be quicker or slower.

Stages of the process

The precise stages involved in the re-mortgage of a residential freehold or leasehold property vary according to the circumstances. These will include:

• Take your instructions and give you initial advice

• Receive title deeds, obtain from you duly completed Property Information forms and draft a contract

• Apply for a management information pack from the freeholder’s managing agents (if a leasehold property is involved)

• Give you advice throughout

• Obtain your signature(s) on the new Mortgage Deed

• Agree completion date of re- mortgage

• Arrange for redemption statement from your current lender

• Prepare a Completion statement

• Complete re-mortgage

• Repay the existing mortgage loan

• Release any excess funds to you

• Register the new mortgage at HM Land Registry

• Register the new mortgage with the freeholder/management company

 

* Our fee assumes that:

a.this is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction

b.the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise

c.all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation

d.no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.

 

Grant of Probate/Letters of Administration

Applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets

We anticipate this will take between 10 and 30 hours work at £300.00 per hour. Total costs estimated at -£3,000.00-9,000.00 (+VAT).

The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter. For example, if there is one beneficiary and no property, costs will be at the lower end of the range. If there are multiple beneficiaries, a property and multiple bank accounts, costs will be at the higher end.

We will handle the full process for you. This quote is for estates where:

• There is a valid will

• There is no more than one property

• There are no more than one bank or building society accounts

• There are no other intangible assets

• There are 1-2 beneficiaries

• There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets. If disputes arise this is likely to lead to an increase in costs

• There is no inheritance tax payable and the executors do not need to submit a full account to HMRC

• There are no claims made against the estate

Disbursements included in this estimate:

• Probate application fee of £155.00

• £7 Swearing of the oath (per executor)

• Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary)

• £200.00 Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.

• £150.00 Post in a Local Newspaper – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims.

 

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Potential additional costs

• If there is no will or the estate consists of any share holdings (stocks and bonds) there is likely to be additional costs that could range significantly depending on the estate and how it is to be dealt with. We can give you a more accurate quote once we have more information.

• If any additional copies of the grant are required, they will cost £0.50 (1 per asset usually).

• Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included.

How long will this take?

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 6-12 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 20-26 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 10-20 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normallytakes 4-8 weeks.

 

Example template (fixed fee)

 

Probate

 

We can help you through this difficult process by obtaining the Grant of Probate on your behalf. We will also undertake the collecting and distributing of assets.

 

How much does this service cost?

 

TOTAL: for an estate worth £750,000.00 - fixed fee of £14,052 (incl. VAT).

 

This includes: obtaining the grant, collecting assets and distributing them.

 

Breakdown of costs:

 

Legal fees £11,250.00

 

VAT on legal fees £2,250.00

 

Disbursements (£552.00 in total):

• Probate court fee of £155.00.

• £7.00 Swearing of the oath (per executor).

• Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2.00 per beneficiary).

• £200.00 Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.

• £150.00 Post in a Local Newspaper – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims.

• £36.00 bank transfer fees.

 

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

 

As part of our fixed fee we will:

• Provide you with a dedicated and experienced probate solicitor to work on your matter

• Identify the legally appointed executors or administrators and beneficiaries

• Accurately identify the type of Probate application you will require

• Obtain the relevant documents required to make the application

• Complete the Probate Application and the relevant HMRC forms

• Draft a legal oath for you to swear

• Make the application to the Probate Court on your behalf

• Obtain the Probate and securely send two copies to you

• Collect and distribute all assets in the estate

 

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 6-12 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 20-26 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 10-20 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 4-8 weeks.

 

Immigration and Nationality

The following types of immigration and nationality applications are dealt with by us:

 

• Applications for naturalisation or registration under the British Nationality Act 1981

• Applications on behalf of European Economic Area (EEA) nationals and their family members under the applicable EEA Regulations or Immigration Rules, including applications for permanent residence, residence cards, and registration certificates

 

 

Our estimated fees are as follows:

 

• Proof of temporary residence for EU citizens

£400.00 for a singular application plus £50.00 extra for each dependant

 

• Proof of permanent residence for EU citizens

£695.00 for a singular application plus £100.00 extra for each additional dependant

 

• Applying to become British

Adults: £750.00 for a singular application plus £200.00 for a spouse

Children £350.00 for a singular application per child

 

If you are able to provide sufficient evidence at our first meeting and clearly meet the applicable Immigration Rules, the cost is likely to be at the above levels.

 

What services are included?

 

The work will involve:

• discussing your circumstances in detail and confirming whether this is the most appropriate application for you to make and what other options may be available to you;

• giving you advice about the requirements of the Immigration Rules and whether you meet the criteria.

• if you do not fulfil certain criteria, whether this can be overcome and how.

• considering the supporting evidence you have provided.

• where necessary, helping you obtain further evidence (such as medical records and bank statements).

• preparing your application and submitting it on your behalf.

• giving you advice about the outcome of the application and any further steps you need to take.

 

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as visa fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

 

The costs quoted here do not include:

• Any Home Office fees for making the application. You will pay this to the Home Office directly as part of the application process.

• Where the Home Office refuse your application, advice and assistance in relation to any appeal

 

How long will my application take?

We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application. Read the current processing times.

 

We will normally be able to submit this type of application within 2-3 weeks of you instructing us, but we will let you know at the earliest opportunity if it is likely to take longer than this.

 

Please note the anticipated fee is an estimate based on the facts above. All applications are likely to vary and of course, we can give you a more accurate estimate once we have more information about your specific case.

 

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